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Lucien A. File Research Files,

Identifier: 1971-006

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the research files of Lucien A. File. Included are research documents, index cards, maps, black and white photographs, and an unfinished manuscript pertaining to mining in New Mexico. A timetable of the history of New Mexico mining is contained within the manuscript. Subjects included are ghost towns, inhabited towns, counties, forts, mining history and locations, and New Mexican history. Also included are clippings pertaining to nearly 300 prominent New Mexicans. Related photographs of various places in New Mexico are inter-filed with the collection.


  • 1598-1960

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Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

Lucien A. File served as the Business Manager and Staff Researcher for the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources from 1963-1969. File also was publisher and editor of "The Chieftain" and "El Defensor" newspapers in Socorro, New Mexico from 1959-1963.


323 Black and white photographs (16 linear feet)


Collection is organized into ten series:
  1. I. Manuscript, notes, biographical information;
  2. II. General history;
  3. III. Inhabited towns;
  4. IV. Ghost towns;
  5. V. Mining history;
  6. VI. Mining districts;
  7. VII. New Mexico individuals;
  8. VIII. County histories;
  9. IX. Index locator cards;
  10. X. Maps.

Separated Material

Consult archivist regarding related maps.

Joseph E. Smith photographs received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately.


Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Inventory of the Lucien A. File Research Files, 1598-1960
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Al Regensberg
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1971-006::Lucien A. File Research Files)//EN" "nmar1971-006.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7948